Thursday, April 20, 2017

Easter Weekend 2017

Well, this has taken me all week to write. Super limited opportunities to blog makes me sad. But it's finally done. Yay. Here's a recap of our Easter festivities... 

Easter weekend for us was jam-packed and fun filled. The busyness and fun totally wore us out but we enjoyed the whole weekend to the fullest. =)

Good Friday kicked off for us with Austin's PreK egg hunt. I believe this is the first egg hunt I've missed for any of my babies. Thankfully his sweet teacher and another mom sent me pictures and Austin didn't later ask me where I was or make me feel the dreaded working mom guilt. He had a blast and came away with a ton of eggs.  

Then a little later on Friday, Terrell and Layton signed the big boys out of school early so they could spend the afternoon playing golf together with Papa. This has become a tradition my guys look forward to so much. 

This is our 3rd year being back, 3rd year of Terrell having Good Friday off, 3rd year of the annual golf game, and Layton's 1st time getting to go!! They were wiped out Friday night but loved every second. They told me all about it and talked non-stop giving me the play by play over supper. It's a special tradition. =)

Saturday morning we slept in as late as we could (7:30ish ha) and then got everyone ready to head out for Garrison's make-up game. The Royal Blue Trojans came away with the win and I loved watching my biggest play and daddy coach.

We came home for lunch and a quick nap time/rest time before heading out again for our first ever "egg drop". Layton's age group hunted eggs like normal but the bigger kids hunted via helicopter drop of the eggs. It was a pretty cool experience.  

If you look closely you can see the eggs falling from the helicopter. 

The kids were amazed. I think pretty much everybody there enjoyed watching "the drop". And of course we came home with lots of candy. =)

After leaving the egg drop we went straight to my parents' house for the annual fish fry/family reunion. I think this year's may have been the biggest ever. It was crazy. Haha. But the boys had a ball and we actually got everybody in bed on time Saturday night.  

Then we had some special deliveries arrive. =) Bubble bath, band aids, a new movie, new hotwheels, flip flops, candy, kites, etc filled their buckets and then we picked out 3 different bigger items to give them too. 

Happy Easter! (We didn't even stage Bailey in the pic... hahaha!)

They were super impressed with their goodies and we had a really fun morning before heading off to church. 

This year we went pretty casual and "Plain Jane" with our attire. I shopped a little late for the boys clothes, and honestly with boys we've already done almost all there is to offer. Haha. We still coordinated as a family and I really ending up loving all of our blue. Even though we were super simple, this year's coordination efforts are one of my faves. =) Our pictures turned out pretty great too. The weather was beautiful. A little hot but so pretty.

We had a BUSY, overflowing with kiddos morning on the preschool hall at church before leaving after the first hour and heading home to cook. My parents hosted an amazing and delicious Easter lunch, and of course the annual egg hunt for the grands. =) We ate the best food and had a great afternoon together.

Piper was able to officially "hunt" this year! The cuteness makes me squeal a little!!

And before we called it a day, Layton got in a tractor ride with Uncle Terry. His favorite. =) 

We made it home in plenty of time for early baths and one of our brand new games the boys got for Easter, Yeti in my Spaghetti. It was a hit! (Huge thanks to the grandparents for the boys' Easter goodies!! They are LOVING all of their new things!)

We had a really FULL but fun and special Easter weekend. 

And I'll leave you with my favorite outtakes from our Easter family photo shoot. =) 

Layton is clearly our wildcard when it comes to pictures. Ha!

We've almost made it to the weekend. YAY!!! Happy Friday Eve! I'm going to *try* to check in next week with an update on life lately and how things are going with working full time. Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday Favorites

Well I am officially sleep walking this Friday morning. So worn out, barely going, ready to fall over from exhaustion TIRED. The week before Spring Break must have been an adrenaline rush or a burst of it's almost Spring Break energy, because this week has kicked my behind. I haven't slept that well and we've had something every single evening this week. I haven't been this bone-weary tired in a looong time. Mama is spent. 

But I'm so thankful for this weekend (even though it's a full one) and what it means. Good Friday is the day Jesus died for me (and you!) and Sunday is the day He conquered death and was raised to life again. Easter means so much more to me every single year. 

Here's a quick look at my favorites from the week...

*On Monday Layton was Granna's gardening helper! He LOVED planting with her and Piper. =) Later that night before taking a bath he told me out of the blue I had fun with Granna today. It was the sweetest.

*The post-homework, pre-supper and practice down time is my favorite and needed for everybody.

*Garrison had 2 late practices in a row this week which meant I had extra time with these 2 before bed. Books in bed are always a favorite!

*Layton got to go to an Easter-themed Story Time at the library with Nana this week. =) I'm so thankful for how well he's taken care of while I'm working. The very next morning he asked to stay home and it broke my heart. But thankfully all was well once he got to Granna's and he had a great day. Working full time is a big adjustment for me and my little man. Sigh. We've been together almost all day every day for 3 years so it's taking us some getting used to for sure.

*Pop the Pig for our Game Night this week while daddy and Garrison were practicing. After 4 games, Layton won twice and then Austin won twice. #couldn'thaveplanneditbettermyself

*Garrison brought home this story this week and it cracked me up. How does he come up with this stuff? Ha! (EX's and Megas are Pokemon by the way) 

*Austin also came home with his St Patrick's Day work that had been hanging in the hall. Clearly Pokemon is a big deal around here. Haha! At least his family made it on the paper too!

Favorite Not-Pictured Moments: Austin had a late game last night and I stayed to watch the first inning before bringing Garrison and Layton home so they could get in bed at a decent time and I was able to see Austin slide into home plate SAFE in a thrilling play!! The crowd went wild! It was awesome. =) Then, last night my biggest and my baby slept together in Layton's bed. Their first sleepover just the 2 of them. =)

This weekend we are looking forward to celebrating Easter! And hopefully extra REST! Have a great Easter weekend celebrating our Risen Savior!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring Break 2017

Spring Break 2017 was pretty amazing. Way better than last year since I wasn't recovering from surgery and out of commission all week. =) I am so thankful for the extra fun and time together we enjoyed. It was definitely one of my favorites. 

We kicked off the break with baseball games on Saturday morning. Both boys' teams won big and I finally got a picture of Garrison during his game! The season wears me out but I sure do love watching them play.

Then on Saturday night we went out to eat with the whole fam to celebrate my mom's birthday. We had so much fun and laughed hard throughout the whole night!

Birthday celebrations are our favorite. =)

On Sunday we went to Six Flags for Layton's birthday outing and had a blast. He is still talking about our trip. Haha. 

Monday was our lazy day at home. We slept in a little, it rained all day, and the boys made messes in every single room. They played together so well I couldn't complain. It was the perfect stay at home day.

We also read almost every single one of our Easter books. =)

On Tuesday we were off for another day of family fun at Stone Mountain. Our 2 Spring Break outings were the best. We had perfect weather and so much fun. 

Wednesday we made a quick trip to Thomaston to take Bailey to the groomer and eat lunch with daddy before the storms came in. The boys were wild and made me crazy but we enjoyed our lunch date and are thankful for our safe trip and God's protection during the storms!

We had a peaceful rest time Wednesday afternoon while mama kept an eye on the weather. Thankfully we never had a tornado or any damaging winds. 

The threat for hail was so significant that we even managed to fit our huge car under the garage. Hahaha. 

The boys enjoyed a few games of Mouse Trap while I cooked supper... 

And before bed we watched the first few innings of our first Braves game of the season. Of course watching baseball turned into playing baseball. Ha.  

On Thursday the boys got haircuts (so handsome!) and then I spent the whole day cleaning the house and doing laundry. Cleaning my whole house is a JOB but I got it done. Fighting was at an all time high and we had some super rough stretches, BUT, at the end of the day the house was clean and we were all in one piece. Phew.

The boys actually spent the night with Terrell's parents Thursday night so we used a gift card from Christmas for a date night. Mama needed a date after the tough day we had. Thankfully they behaved for Nana and Pops. They also got to enjoy a surprise trip to Sky Zone on Friday while I did all of our Easter shopping in peace. =)

They made friends with one of the owners and he spent a lot of time playing with them. They apparently loved him. (And you can see the admiration on Layton's face. I am still cracking up. #rolemodel) 

They came home Friday afternoon and we had a low key Friday night with a good movie and early bedtimes. =)

Saturday I didn't take a single picture. We slept in, did laundry, Terrell worked in the yard, the boys and I ran a couple of errands, I bought groceries while the boys played outside, and then Saturday afternoon we took them to one of our favorite parks before we had a family date night at Chick fil A. It was a pretty great Saturday.

Sunday after church Layton took a short nap and then we let them play outside the whole afternoon. They loved soaking up the sunshine and had the best time. 

I made lunches for the week and did all of my school prep while they jumped and played trampoline basketball. 

Then last night we went back to church for our Easter musical, Peace Through the Blood. SO good and such a special treat for Palm Sunday. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:19-20

We had a really amazing Spring Break. It was a little tough on all of us last night to wrap up our break and time off and being together almost constantly, but we know we're now officially on countdown to SUMMER! I'm praying my family and I can all handle these next 7 weeks with confidence and ease. If I'm being honest, a lot of the worries and concerns I had when I first found out about going back to work full time have returned. I'm nervous and a little anxious this morning, but I'm trusting in His plan and thankful for His provisions. And Holy Week is upon us! As believers this is a time of reflection, rejoicing, hope, and joy. So thankful I serve a RISEN Savior! 

Happy Monday and Happy Easter Week!!